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Art Waves is an arts-interview radio program which airs live every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 at 10l.5 FM. Google "1015 The Hawk" to listen to the program in real time, or find podcasts of past programs here.

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Poet Jeffery Donaldson co-hosts Art Waves as the celebrated writer Molly Peacock visits to tell us a little about her work. Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life's Work at 72 is a tour de force that has caused London's British Museum to change it's rules!  And we talked about that book a bit.  But Jeffery wanted to focus on Peacock's latest book of poems, The Analyst, which examines how sometimes the most fragile things are the ones that last the longest.
Topics: Mrs. Mary Delaney, collage, the British Museum, MOMA, the Morgan Library, Matisse, Picasso, Michael...
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To begin the 10 th season of Art Waves we revisit the Shakespeare authorship question with Chris Pannell, and with Hank Whittemore, the author of 100 Reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford . From Romeo wandering through the birch grove outside the western wall of Verona, to the court at Elsinore firing off cannon toasts to the Danish king, the devil is in the details! Are you a Stratfordian or an Oxfordian? That is the question.
Topics: the University of Notre Dame, Hamlet, Portland Maine, the White House, the authorship controversy,...
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Jun 11, 2017
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Long a regular and beloved reporter for The Hamilton Spectator , Paul Benedetti has just published a volume of his collected columns, entitled You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle . The book has all the attributes Benedetti's readers have come to expect. He has perfected the casual essay form, taking the reader from laughing out loud to fighting back tears in roughly 1,000 perfectly chosen words. Tune in to travel the extraordinary depths and heights of ordinary Canadian...
Topics: gritLit, ideas file, The Hamilton Spectator, writing from life, scoliosis, Thule, Dave Malcolm,...
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Jun 4, 2017
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Laura Secord is a Canadian icon whose image has become something of a sacred cow (wink wink) over the past 200 years.  Having chosen Laura Secord and her image as the subject of her PhD dissertation, Christine Boyko-Head then went on to write a book of historical fiction about her.  It's called Pulse of Courage , and you will want to follow Christine as she follows Laura on this journey that became so important to Canadians.
Topics: historical fiction, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Canadian literature, the War of 1812, pop...
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May 28, 2017
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Singer/songwriter Jacob Moon has been making beautiful music for over twenty years, with a new album coming out roughly every two years. He roves across the genres he loves--folk, gospel, blues and beyond--doing solo shows with his mastery of live looping. Recently he teamed up with Joel Parisien to form The Commissionaires and make fabulous roots music in support of the International Justice Mission. Listen in to get in tune with the Moon.
Topics: The Commissioaires, International Justice Mission, The Gasworks, Joel Parisien, Walter Becker,...
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May 21, 2017
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Allyson Wenzowski runs Publicity Works, a public relations company that works with artists as well as with businesses.  She began as a storyteller, and her story will surprise you.
Topics: public relations, CHCH, Cable 14, Bill Kelly, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Nancy McKibbin Gray, Arts...
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Seraphim Editions writers Christopher Cameron & Chris Laing came to Art Waves to talk about their new books, which cover the ground from high to working class culture. Christopher Cameron 's Dr. Bartolo's Umbrella and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life is his memoir of singing on opera and concert stages across Canada. A Family Matter is the third in Chris Laing 's Max Dexter mystery series. Both will keep you thoroughly engaged.
Topics: Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, David Speers, Opera Hamilton, the Calgary Opera, mystery...
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Apr 30, 2017
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Hamilton writer John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with his tenth book of poetry, Mischief. From the manly cover, through the background of how it got its title, to the reading of the last poem in the interview, you will find yourself engaged and delighted as this particularly mischievous grasshopper sings his songs and tells his stories.
Topics: Wolsak & Wynn, Chedoke Creek, nature in the city, aging, The Hamilton Spectator, found poetry,...
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Apr 23, 2017
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Artist Deanna Molinaro has a very strict teacher. It's called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, EB for short, and it has taught her to sit still, look closely, and create, as a means of rising out of her pain. Like a character in a fairy tale, Molinaro has learned to fly over high walls to lands of enchantment. She, herself, has much to teach about the power of art.
Topics: Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, EB, Sheridan College, J.K. Rowling, True Blood, Big...
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Apr 9, 2017
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Chelsea McWilliams, Danielle Beaudin and Tim Allard make up The Redhill Valleys , a Hamilton trio that blends country, rock and folk to create genre-defying music. And that music is setting Hamilton on fire. Just one year after their self-titled debut album was released, they are already working on another collection. Tune in to another Art Waves mini concert, and thrill to these beautiful harmonies.
Topics: Jim Watson, Austin Livingood, Nashville, The Bluebird Cafe, Carl Jennings, Westmoreland Recording...
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Apr 2, 2017
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An actor, playwright and poet, Duane Tucker has found that spiritual exploration has deepened his artistic practice. Meditation, solitude, suffering, service and communing with nature have taught him his craft. He quotes Andre Gide who said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better.” For an enlightening hour, tune in to Art Waves #315.                 
Topics: John Muir, Yosemite, vision quests, guardian spirits, Lame Deer, alcoholism, recovery, Scavenger...
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Every spring Jennifer Gillies , artistic director of Hamilton's literary festival, gritLit , comes into the Art Waves studio to tell us about the festival line-up. It's always a whirlwind of exciting names and events, and this year she brought one of the local gritLit readers, Jamie Tennant . Long known to Hamiltonians as a radio and newspaper journalist, Tennant has just released his first novel, The Captain of Kinnoull Hill. It's a Sco'ish tale of redemption featuring a madcap redcap. Listen...
Topics: CFMU, Japanese music, redcaps, Scottish mythology, Perth, Haruki Murakami, Marnie Woodrow, Paul...
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Mar 19, 2017
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Brothers Carl & Tim Jennings teamed up with Ed Mitchell to form Freedom Train , a concert band with over a thousand songs you know and love in its repertoire. This is not just a cover band. As Carl puts it, “Would you call the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra a cover band? All they play is other people's music, like Beethoven & Bach.” With just three instruments & two voices, Freedom Train achieves the impossible. Tune in for a concert sampler that will have you rocking out!
Topics: the Burlington Conservatory of Music, Mary Thurston, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,...
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Mar 12, 2017
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Moving to Alberta gave a deaf six-year-old back her hearing. An eccentric and brilliant piano teacher guided her toward composition. She is now Composer-in-Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and is repaying her adopted country in uncountable ways—among them putting Roch Carrier's iconic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater, to music. At the end of this compelling interview Art Waves has added two of Abigail Richardson-Schulte 's compositions in their entirety: The Hockey Sweater...
Topics: Calgary, deafness, Beethoven, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, composing, Bach, the University...
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Mar 5, 2017
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Due to technical difficulties, this episode is missing Stan Klimowicz 's biography. Suffice to say he has just written his first novel, Agent John , which is based on the life of his uncle, whose own life slid off the rails. As Klimowicz says, “It is a story of failure”—but it is also a story about family loyalty, and the struggle for social justice.
Topics: Hartford Connecticut, paranoia, failure, Polish culture, communism, social justice, soliloquies,...
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Feb 26, 2017
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Carolyn Dover is primarily a landscape painter, because she is passionate about the Canadian landscape. Her use of “an electric rainbow” of colour, as Laura Hollick calls it, is enough to make the viewer sprout leaves. If your spirit could use an injection of chlorophyll, tune in to Art Waves #310.
Topics: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tor Lukasik Foss, Laura Hollick, fauvism, landscape painting, en plein...
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Feb 19, 2017
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Gary Barwin 's first novel hit the shelves running. Yiddish for Pirates , the rollicking tale of a five hundred year old parrot and his pirate master Moishe was short-listed for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Tune in as Barwin scatters his treasures liberally over Art Waves.
Topics: Lithuania, the Inquisition, Christopher Columbus, the fountain of youth, parrots, Humboldt the...
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Feb 12, 2017
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Poet John Terpstra was a little uncomfortable at the thought of discussing his new book, because it's a book of prayers. It's just out from the St. Thomas Poetry Series and it's called In the Company of All: Prayers from Sunday Mornings at St. Cuthbert's . But I think you will agree with me that he has never been more wise, vulnerable and engaging than in this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: David McLaughlin, the Pearl Company, St. Cuthbert's, prayers of thanks and intercession, the St....
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Jan 29, 2017
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When you listen to Ariana Gillis sing, you have no trouble understanding why Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine says she may be “the best new emerging artist anywhere— period !” and why Bernie Taupin said, “I'm staggered by how good she is. Ariana Gillis is the single most exciting thing I've heard in a very long time.” She brought her guitar to the Art Waves studio and played songs from her forthcoming CD “Head Full of Stars”--which will be a good description of you after you...
Topics: Joel Moss, David Gillis, the Pearl Company, Hailey Gillis, Soulpepper Theatre, Briar Gillis, The...
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Jan 22, 2017
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The voice doesn't lie. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lori Yates wanted to be a rocker like Janis Joplin as a kid, but her voice directed her elsewhere. She brings a smooth, yearning warmth to every song—unless she's kicking up her heels with the Bad Girl Choir or something. Her stories of meeting the legendary musicians of Nashville and of Hamilton will keep your boots hooked over the rung of your barstool throughout this engaging episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Ronnie Hawkins, Janis Joplin, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Heart, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde,...
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Jan 15, 2017
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Britt Holmstrom 's fiction often centres on young, vulnerable women in society—young women who must face rape, forced prostitution, murder. She says she has no idea where her ideas come from. The characters simply tell her their stories. Though she is Swedish, she has lived much of her life in Canada, and she prefers to write in English because she finds it a more flexible language.
Topics: Harry's Bar, Torremolinos Spain, Malmo Sweden, Regina Saskatchewan, Dundas Ontario, translation,...
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Dec 11, 2016
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Chris Pannell says that while it balances between an intellectual puzzle and an emotional one, poetry prefers the heart over the mind. He says the essence of poetry is to occupy the space that other forms of writing can't get inside as well. Pannell's new book, Love, Despite the Ache , tells of the journey of his parents toward death.
Topics: grief, the loss of parents, poetry, the Hamilton Street Railway, DARTS bus driving, Richard...
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Nov 13, 2016
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Life for Garnet Rogers has followed several huge themes: growing up in Hamilton with his close-knit family; touring with his brother Stan; marrying his beloved Gail; and following his solo career as a singer/songwriter. But he has added a new string to his bow with his first book, Night Drive: Travels with my Brother, one of the most surprising and funniest books you're ever likely to read. For good stories and beautiful music, you can't beat Garnet Rogers.
Topics: Valerie Bushell Rogers, Stan Rogers, Scott Merritt, folk music, The Pearl Company, Nora Frances...
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There's a new literary journal in town, and it's an idea that's making little burgs like Vancouver green with envy: the Hamilton Review of Books . Dana Hansen , a seasoned literary journalist, is the founder and editor-in-chief, and she's assembled a team of crack writers to review the books being written and published in Hamilton's burgeoning literary scene. But the review isn't limited to writers from the Hammer. Tune in and find out all about this exciting new online journal.
Topics: Hamilton Review of Books, Hamilton Arts Council Living Arts Symposium, Jessica Rose, Gary Barwin,...
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Oct 30, 2016
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This year our annual Horror Panel—Aaron Allan, Rhonda Dynes & Barbara Ferguson —reconvene to discuss the theme of beloved creatures in horror. The usual wide-ranging and often hilarious discussion will keep you on your webbed toes! Bwaaahahahaaaaaa
Topics: Hamilton Review of Books, Humber Literary Review, Dana Hansen, AGH Annex, Staircase Theatre,...
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Oct 23, 2016
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Robin McKee 's bliss is Hamilton history. He's on every historical board you can imagine, but mainly he follows his bliss through the graves in the Hamilton Cemetery, learning about and celebrating the people who've lived and died here, and telling their stories. He calls it Stories in the Stones and he leads walks every Sat. from May to Nov. at 11:00. They're free and they're fascinating. Tonight he casts that spell on Art Waves.
Topics: Hamilton Cemetery, Votes for Women, Stories in the Stones, Arthur Hemming, Sloan & Hortense...
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The Hamilton Public Library is expanding its already broad concept of how a library stores and supports the culture and the stories of a community. Laura Lukasik came to the Art Waves studio to tell us about Love Your City, Share Your Stories , a four-pronged program that celebrates Hamilton in terms of: Gore Park; music; Tim Hortons Doughnut Shops; and the Library itself. It's a great story.
Topics: Tourism & Culture, Hamilton Public Library, McMaster Library, stories, Tim Hortons, Gore Park,...
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Oct 2, 2016
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Hugh Martin is a photo-based artist represented by the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto. His images have been featured in PREFIX PHOTO & The Walrus Magazine . Martin’s colour photographs are landscapes & cityscapes that aspire to depict the beauty & importance of endangered environments and architectural antiquities. Martin has been honoured with the Gold Medal from the Faculty of Communication & Design, the Howard H. Kerr Memorial Scholarship, the J.L. Beaton Award and the...
Topics: Ryerson University, OCAD, Phil Bergerson, Imax films, twin lens reflex cameras, leaf shutter, Henri...
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Sep 25, 2016
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Next Episode (Seraphim Editions, 2016) is BD Ferguson 's first full length book. These linked stories follow the lives and exploits of six compelling characters as they go about their work as a reality television ghost-hunting team. But often their private lives are as interesting as their fascinating work. Come with us as we shine a flashlight into the complex and sometimes dark hallways of Ferguson's very creative mind.
Topics: reality tv, ghost hunting, fan conventions, Fan Expo, viewer voting, American Sign Language, tech...
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Two writers published this fall by Seraphim Editions are featured in this episode: Katharine O'Flynn & Ian Lancashire . O'Flynn's Coming Home is a collection of linked short stories about an English family emigrating to Creston B.C. while Lancashire's Primal Testamen t is an epic poem in ten cantos which takes as its subject nothing less than life on earth from the beginning. For a fascinating discussion which covers creativity and belonging, flatworms and family, join us for episode 296.
Topics: emigration, family stories, Creston B.C., Nelson B.C., the Kootenays, Wales, England, epic poetry,...
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Frauke Zeller & David Harris Smith are the co-creators of hitchBOT , the hitchhiking robot who traveled from Halifax to Victoria, and then across Germany and the Netherlands, capturing the hearts and imaginations of all who followed its progress. It met an unfortunate demise in Philadelphia after several weeks in the Excited States of America, but its creators aren't finished with it yet. To learn more about hitchBOT's journey and that of David Harris Smith himself, hitch a ride on Art...
Topics: OCAD, post-modernism, Jacques Derrida, hitchBOT, HAL, artificial intelligence, Bill Gates, Stephen...
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Most English speakers hold William Shakespeare very dear to their hearts as the finest writer the language, perhaps the world, has ever known. But a group called the Oxfordians questions that Will ever wrote anything, except for six very shaky signatures. They are growing in number and scholarly proofs, and the editor of The Oxfordian, an academic journal devoted to the debate, lives among us. He is the poet Chris Pannell , who visited Art Waves to defend the theory that the plays and sonnets...
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Topics: LitLive, Charlton Ogburn, William Shakespeare, Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford, The Oxfordian,...
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Aug 14, 2016
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Gwendolyn Starks creates opportunities for art-making, whether on the board for the brand new Waterdown Arts Fest, facilitating workshops at the Flagship Gallery on James St. North, home educating children, or writing and performing one-woman plays. She's thinking of resurrecting her play on Hildegard Von Bingen, has just written one about Dorothy L. Sayers, and is incubating one about Emily Carr.  Prepare to have your breath taken away!
Topics: Waterdown Arts Fest, Veronica Jane Gordon, Josh Tiessen, Pat Kosowick, True North Gallery, Geoff...
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Meet two of Hamilton's most inspiring artists, Amber Aasman and Lester Coloma . They are inspiring both for their own artwork, which ranges from music and jewelry to visual art, as well as for their work with at-risk youth at Art Forms on James Street North. If your spirit is in need of lifting, share an hour in the glow of Amber Asman and Lester Coloma. It can only do you good.
Topics: Art Forms, Corktown mural, Jean Ryan, Urban Arts Initiative, Trillium Grant, Tor Lukasik Foss,...
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Jul 17, 2016
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In 2015 Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones crafted a beautiful anthology of poetry called Earth and Heaven. The parameter they used to make their choices was poetry written by Canadians that refers to or somehow uses myth. Jernigan defines myth as stories with staying power, stories which can be told and retold, changing their shapes along the way, but always remaining fundamentally true to the original. Glide with Amanda Jernigan between earth and heaven.
Topics: Joseph Campbell, Bible stories, myth, Colin Labadie, Evan Jones, Rosemary Kilbourn, Jay Macpherson,...
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Jul 10, 2016
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By popular demand, Jean Rae Baxter is at work on the sixth of her Canadian historical novels set in the era of the United Empire Loyalists. To do so she has had to set aside her manuscript of an adult novel set during the American invasion of Pelee Island in 1838. And somehow she has to fit all this in with her impending marriage and a move to Kingston. A force to be reckoned with, Jean Rae Baxter visits Art Waves to talk about her astonishing writing career.
Topics: Queens University, Opera Hamilton, Tiger Cats, Seraphim Editions, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Verdi,...
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Lynn Whitlaw Varey's first children's book, Bocconcinio Di Parma Saves the Day! was inspired by a donkey she used to see on her way to the cottage near Burk's Falls. She wrote it as a legacy book for her grandchildren, and wanted to find just the right illustrator. When she ran across the work of Keisha Neoma-Quinn, she knew she had found the artist who could bring her story to life.
Topics: Almaguin Highlands, Burk's Falls, solar farms, donkeys, Sealed Art, yoga, Cabbagetown, Riverdale...
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Jun 19, 2016
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David McLaughlin doesn't believe there's a dichotomy between arts and crafts. A chemical engineer by profession, he loves to tinker in his aptly-named Multicraft Studio, with found materials of every sort. The results are one-of-a-kind creations, often with a practical application, that would make William Morris sit up and take notice.
Topics: glass slumping, recycling, repurposing, Barbara Patterson, stained glass, Hamilton forges, pattern...
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After many successes at the Hamilton Fringe in recent years, Ryan Sero has written a new play for the festival. Anybody Else involves a troubled relationship and Sigmund Freud. Though he is reluctant to use the term, just between you and me, it's a romantic comedy, starring Pamela Gardner , Sean Emberley , & Ryan himself. All three came by to tell us about Anybody Else and much else.
Topics: Hamilton Fringe Festival, Anybody Else, romantic comedy, Sigmund Freud, archtypes, Woody Allen,...
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Jun 5, 2016
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When David Neil Lee told Noelle Allen, of Wolsak & Wynn that Hamilton needed its own horror novel, she insisted the protagonist be sixteen years old. Let The Midnight Games begin! Find out the real reason Ivor Wynne Stadium had to be torn down. Lee may write a terrifying YA novel, but he is a hilarious and most entertaining radio guest.  This episode closes with the song Words by Lucinda Williams.
Topics: Wolsak & Wynn, Noelle Allen, Paul Bley, jazz, horror, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Tim Hortons Field,...
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May 29, 2016
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Hamilton historian Margaret Houghton is about to retire after more than three decades as the archivist for the Central Library. It's been a job she has loved and will miss, and library patrons will certainly miss her. A sort of walking card catalogue, Houghton has at her fingertips thousands of stories about Hamilton, which she fondly calls the largest small town in Canada.
Topics: Hamilton Public Library, Bank of Montreal building, St. Paul's, archives, London Insane Asylum, Old...
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May 22, 2016
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Singer/songwriter Hadahawis Parent works with both Native musical traditions and mainstream Canadian musical traditions. He plays the hand drum, the Mohawk water drum and the guitar. He sings traditional songs, cover songs and his own songs. He has learned that they all have the power to heal if you approach them with pure intentions.
Topics: Six Nations Reserve, Mohawk Turtle Clan, hand drum, Mohawk water drum, guitar, The Old Mush...
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May 15, 2016
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Marla Panko is a visual artist who enjoys making a forest from the trees—or from anything that strikes her fancy. She's interested in creating a new poetic hybrid from fragments. When you get all the pieces right, she says , you don't see the parts, you see the whole. Panko works in whatever medium the materials call for to bring her ideas to life.
Topics: printmaking, U. of Guelph, Walter Bachinski, Gene Chu, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy,...
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Poet and scholar Jeffery Donaldson turns the tables on Art Waves host Bernadette Rule in this episode, as he interviews her about her collection of poems, Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson (Seraphim Editions, 2016). The program closes with four songs: Hard Times sung by Thomas Hampson; Tom Thomson's Mandolin by Bob Yates; Shining Birch Tree by Wade Hemsworth; and Brush & Paddle by Ian Tamblyn.
Topics: Tom Thomson, Jeffery Donaldson, Owen Sound, Leith, Don McKay, Kitty Lewis, Carys Ryan, Winnifred...
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May 1, 2016
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It's most appropriate that we kick off the Gemini month of May with singer/songwriter Derek Palango . He's a new father of twins, and he performs with two groups, Checkerboard Floors & The Corduroys . For a double dose of talent tune in to hear this dynamic young musician. And there's a bonus: the episode closes with his Juno Songwriting Competition second-place winner, Turn it On, written for and about Hamilton.
Topics: Matt Outserson, Tyler Wilson, Rob Shorney, Checkerboard Floors, The Corduroys, Les Palango, Image...
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Mar 19, 2016
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Jennifer Gillies returns to give us the line-up for the twelfth year of Hamilton's literary festival, gritLit , which takes place over the week spanning Apr. 3 rd to 10 th . As always, it features famous as well as up and coming writers. This year several new events have been added, including events for young writers and a Sunday afternoon “All About Hamilton” celebration of works by local writers and/or set in the Hammer.
Topics: gritLit Live, Battle of the Books, Ontario Library Association, Hamilton Central Library, Art...
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Mar 13, 2016
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Barbara Studham is a writer who has documented her twenty years of raising four grandchildren with fetal alcohol syndrome. First she wrote about it in her blog at www.challengedhope.com and then in two memoirs, Two Decades of Diapers and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Teen Years. Her story is heart-rending, her courage is remarkable, and her message is important.  Studham credits writing with keeping her sane.
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Topics: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, FAS and FASD, www.challengedhope.com, blogging, self-publishing,...
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Mar 6, 2016
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Six Nations artist Betts Doxtater created a diorama of the ancient story of how Peacemaker brought the Great Law to the Five Nations. She was moved to make it after seeing a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's mural of The Last Supper. Where are ours? s he asked herself. If we had something like that to represent one of our stories, what would it be made of? The answer was cornhusks. That is not all Betts Doxtater has done on her journey of healing. Listen, and be changed.
Topics: Truth & Reconcilation Commission, language, Art of Peace, McMaster Museum of Art, Rick Monture,...
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Feb 28, 2016
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Each of tonight's guests has contributed a volume to Porcupine's Quill 's beautiful Essential Poets Series . Amanda Jernigan selected and edited The Essential Richard Outram; Ingrid Ruthig selected and edited Anne Wilkinson, and Shane Nielson selected and edited Travis Lane. Each one talks about how and why s/he chose the poems; each one reads poems from his/her poet, and each has brought a poem set to music, just to top off the magic.
Topics: Porcupine's Quill Essential Poets Series, Tim & Elke Inkster, Richard Outram, Barbara Howard,...
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Jean Ryan heard muralist Lester Coloma at Krista Foss's Process Project series, & was so pumped that I invited her to be Art Waves' first ever Guest Host. It was a delightful combination. You'll have no trouble understanding Jean's enthusiasm when you listen to Lester speak about painting murals. And there's a musical bonus at the end: first Lester's pick of Theme for the Outcast by Pressure Drop, & then most of Summer by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta.
Topics: The Philippines, Krista Foss, the Process Project, mural painting, OCAD, Brebeuf High School,...
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When the great guitarist Brian Griffith died suddenly in Nov. of 2014 it shocked everyone, but it was a terrible grief for his beloved partner Eudena Luther . This Valentine's Day she remembers him on Art Waves. She also brought along some of his unrecorded music to share. So we have included at the end of the podcast five of Brian Griffith's compositions, in this order: Full Heart, Dance With Me, Get Up Let's Go, Dance of the Marionette, and Dark City.  Love never dies.
Topics: Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary, jazz fusion band Rapid Transit, Hess Street Jazz Festival, Fred...
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Feb 7, 2016
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Add an hour of storied colour to your day with John Martin . A former tattoo artist and bicycle courier, he now runs the weekly James North Life Drawing sessions. But it's when he talks about the history and the art of stained glass that he begins to emit light like a saint high in a clerestory window—halation, it's called. Prepare to learn about something ancient and fascinating with stained glass artist, John Martin.
Topics: Geordie Manchester, Manchester Applied Craft, pentimenti, Michelangelo's The Libyan Sibyl, Judy...
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Jan 31, 2016
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Tonight Art Waves hosts three more Brought to Light writers. Carol Leigh Wehking brings us Catharine Coffin who, with her husband provided a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Barb Rebelo wrote about her great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Warner Chrysler, who was a widow of the Bloody Assizes of Ancaster in 1814. And Ellen Jaffe takes us inside the life of the brilliant scientist, Rosalind Franklin.
Topics: Underground Railroad, Catharine & Levi Coffin, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Eliza, The Ancaster Bloody...
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Jan 24, 2016
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Viga Boland wrote four full-length memoirs over a two-year period. They poured out of her, once she felt supported and encouraged enough to tell her difficult story—once she was freed from the prison of silence that had held her for sixty-five years. Now her message to those who suffer child abuse is twofold: it's not your fault ; and don't keep the secret .  To hear a powerful story of healing, tune in to this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Erma Bombeck, Oprah Winfrey, Victoria Boland, Andrew Rudd, John Boland, Turner Park Library,...
Art Waves
Jan 17, 2016
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Sandee Ewasiuk paints a highly coloured, animated world which invites the viewer to imagine it into a narrative. She says she would rather paint the table in her head than the one standing beside her, and after you listen to her,  the table beside you may start to dance a little jig as well. To see things differently, turn to Sandee Ewasiuk.
Topics: yoga, Puerto Rico, DVSA, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Senior Centre, Niagara College, Ken...
Art Waves
Jan 10, 2016
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The writer-in-residence this year for McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library is the accomplished and award-winning writer, Kim Echlin. In this fascinating interview she proves her skill as a master storyteller, on topics ranging from the oldest know poetry in the world, to the latest technology which links us to cultures all over the world.
Topics: communication, witness, Karachi Pakistan, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Arvo Part, outreach dental...
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Art Waves offered its listeners a Christmas surprise when host Bernadette Rule's son Ross visited the show with a stocking full of eclectic and brilliant carols. Of course there were complications and further surprises when the playlist went missing, but a merry and most enlightening time was had by all.
Topics: The Brennan Sisters, Willy Brennan, Gordon Lightfoot, Wexford Carol, Alison Kraus & Yo Yo Ma,...
Art Waves
Dec 13, 2015
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As a seasoned journalist, a budding painter, and even as the nephew and namesake of one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Hamilton's Wade Hemsworth has probed some of the darkest moments life has to offer, as well as some of the most sublime. A compelling and wise storyteller, Hemsworth will leave you wanting to hear more.
Topics: Hamilton Spectator, Aviva Boxer, journalism, Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka, Joseph Fritch, Somali...
Art Waves
Dec 6, 2015
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Filmmaker Terrance Odette seeks to make films that reflect a single vision—his, as the writer and director. His latest feature film, Fall , was inspired by a seminal incident in his own life, but his art form has allowed him to move outside his own experience and try to explore that incident from the perspective of the priest who was his friend and who broke his trust.
Topics: Fall, music videos, Beverley Mahood, Jamie Warren, Julian Austin, Peter Gabriel, NFB shorts, Paddy...
Art Waves
Nov 29, 2015
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Christine Miscione is a young writer who already has two books under her belt, not to mention several literary prizes. She values fiction for the opportunity it gives us to explore the bloom of what-ifs , and how it might feel to live inside another's skin—even (especially?) the skin of an unlikeable narrator. Tune in for a new perspective on writing.
Topics: Donald Barthelme, Jeffery Donaldson, Ernest Hemingway, Mohawk Creative Writing Program, McMaster,...
Art Waves
Nov 22, 2015
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Get your four-string banjo on your knee and get ready to croon the old tunes when three members of the Toronto Banjo Band visit 101.5 The Hawk. Dave Robinson , Sally Carroll and Bob Walton will take you to a front porch under streaming willow fronds as they sing and play, and tell us about all things banjo in this delightful episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Jamie MacPherson, Bill Stewart, Don Steel, Georgette Twain, accoustic, Jazz Age, Bacon & Day,...
Art Waves
Nov 15, 2015
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Playwright, actor and director Ryan Sero has devoted himself to the magic exchanged between actors and their audiences. The ancient art of stagecraft remains for him the most exciting way to explore the human soul. With his own company, Make Art Theatre , and with other theatrical groups, he brings to the stage his own plays as well as those of his friends and the great playwrights of the past. Tune in and make some audience magic!
Topics: Kenneth Kelbrook, Aaron Craig, Same Boat Theatre, Hamilton Theatre Inc., The Pearl Company, method...
Art Waves
Oct 25, 2015
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How are skeptics and believers portrayed in popular culture? And what are the assumptions about the audience for movies, television series and books about the supernatural? The Horror Panel is back for a seventh year of laser-sharp, imaginative discussion and fun. Do you believe this?
Topics: Post-Apocalyptic horror, The Walking Dead, Aaron Allan, The Zombie Movie, The Day the Earth Stood...
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Four more writers from the anthology Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women tell us about their subjects, why they chose them and how they researched them. Jean Rae Baxter wrote about Methoataske, the mother of Tecumseh. Jane Mulkewich wrote about Sophia Pooley, possibly the first black girl in Canada; she was a slave of Joseph Brant. Krista Foss wrote about the Irish stained glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes. And Richard Van Holst wrote about the Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil.
Topics: Isaac Brock, Muskogee Creek, Shawnee, Methoataske, Tecumseh, Battle of the Thames, Fugitive Slave...
Art Waves
Oct 11, 2015
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With their Twelve for Swing Orchestra and their production company North Point Entertainment, Tony Sciara and Jim Heaslip have found a way to bring back some of the great performers of the past. Their dinner-show Splish Splash tells the story of Bobby Darin's life one song at a time. And they are going to honour Frank Sinatra's 100 th birthday by doing a similar dinner-show about his life and music. The line forms on the right when they do it their way!
Topics: Bobby Darin, Richard Weiss, Connie Francis, Daniela Cardinali, Carmen's Dinner Theatre, Three Penny...
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Three writers from the anthology Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women tell us about their subjects, why they chose them and how they researched them. Ethel Edey wrote about the last Mi'kmaq shaman of Newfoundland, Lillian Matthews Burden. John Corvese brings Canadian civil rights activist Viola Irene Desmond to light. And Lise Lévesque draws the curtain back to reveal Brenda Davies (wife of Robertson) at centre stage.
Topics: Viola Desmond, Jody Nyasha Warner, Wanda Robson, Cape Breton University, Rosa Parks, Nova Scotia...
Art Waves
Sep 20, 2015
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Sue Waddington was hooking a rug based on an A.Y. Jackson painting of Nellie Lake when she got to wondering whether such a place actually existed. When she found it on a map, she convinced her husband Jim and her two children, Nina and Michael, to go hiking and camping in search of it. Thus was born a great passion for Jim and Sue Waddington —finding and photographing the scenes painted by Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven .
Topics: Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, rug hooking, orienteering, Nellie Lake, McMichael Gallery, Spring Ice,...
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The amazing Laura Lukasik returns to Art Waves for her September visit to tell us about Hamilton's Children's Literacy Festival Telling Tales, now in its seventh year. But this year she will also tell us about the Short Works Prize Celebration, now it its second year. An organizer behind so many great Hamilton initiatives, she brings a wealth of information about these free cultural events.
Topics: Rotary Clubs, Hamilton Public Library, Bookmobiles, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Westfield...
Art Waves
Sep 6, 2015
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With his Hamilton Strips, artist Paul Elia may well have created a new art form—one to do with integrated media, architecture, and community. While walking through the post-industrial streetscapes of his Beasley neighbourhood, he fell in love with the robust vulnerability of houses, factories and stores that had grown up together and outlived their heyday. He began to draw and photograph them. Join Paul Elia on a ramble that will improve your vision.
Topics: OCAD, graphic design, streetscapes, Hamilton, Denver, Art Crawl, Dave Kuruc of Mixed Media,...
Art Waves
Aug 23, 2015
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Every quilt tells a story, says Lorna Pennie. As one pioneer quilter put it, I tremble to think of what this quilt knows about me. Pennie makes liberated quilts, breaking all the rules to let her imagination soar. She is a strong believer in the spiritual power of quilts and quilting. She tucks in and covers the whole topic in this delightful hour of Art Waves.
Topics: Ida Ethel Bowker, Harriston Ontario, Ponoka Alberta, pioneer quilters, jelly rolls, charm packs,...
Art Waves
Aug 16, 2015
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Helen Brink , renowned Dundas potter, says that the work of a potter is meditative. She says the silhouette of a fruit tree branch across the throwing room floor inspires her designs. She says when you shape a cup, you must think of the person who will hold it and drink from it, for form follows function. To appreciate the poetry of pottery, come right to the Brink.
Topics: Japanese Internment Camps, pottery, Sick Kids' Hospital, Andrew Brink, The Ivy Bequest, Rembrandt,...
Art Waves
Aug 9, 2015
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From the age of five, Bryan Wylie knew he wanted to teach. He grew up to be a beloved and inspiring teacher, first of Latin, then of English, and more recently of Art History. In retirement he remains passionate about learning, and about sharing what he learns through his popular lecture series. To listen to him is to share his passion.
Topics: Harper Lee, Shakespeare, Philpott Memorial Church, Lane Fusilier, Van Gogh, Dali, Godspell, The...
Art Waves
Aug 2, 2015
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When I interviewed Inez McClanahan , she was 105, still living on her own in an impeccable apartment, and completely healthy of mind and body--no dementia, no illnesses. When my aunt (her neighbour for many years), my sisters and I arrived, Inez was eating her lunch—a MacDonald's hamburger, chips and a coke! Asked the secret of her longevity, she says she has no idea, but by the end of this interview, you'll know it. She tells of the highs and lows of her long life--and she knows how to tell...
Topics: longevity, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Graves County Kentucky, tobacco sharecropping, Mayfield, Byrn...
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Jul 19, 2015
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Denis Corr loves to sing. It's as simple as that. He learned the old Irish songs while growing up in County Derry Northern Ireland, many of them at his Auntie May's knee, and between stories of his accomplished life, he sings them for us! Pull up to the radio or the computer and share in an hour of pure delight.
Topics: Brendan Quinn, the South Derry Feis, Corktown Pub, Bonnie & Des Quinn, Dr. Michael Newhouse,...
Art Waves
Jul 12, 2015
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Ross Pennie retired from a career as a specialist in infectious diseases which took him all over the world, to the island of his own imagination. As the writer of a series of mystery novels featuring Dr. Zol Szabo, Dr. Pennie can continue to probe into infectious diseases. His latest book, Up in Smoke, considers such possibilities in the tobacco trade on native reserves. It may just blow you away.
Topics: Writing Certificate Program at McMaster, tobacco, infectious diseases, talisman, Six Nations...